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The Challenges of Breaking into Spiritual Realignment - "Gateway 2"

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Learning to follow our "Spiritual Compass"
Right now, I'm hearing from lots of people within our virtual community who have awoken and are beginning to step onto the spiritual path in earnest, they're being drawn to Gateway 2 - the "Realignment" - as we've termed it. It can be a very challenging yet profoundly rewarding experience. In essence we're making a quite profound shift of consciousness inside. Prior to this shift, like most people in the world today (even many awake ones), we create our lives really by making decisions about "how to move the external pieces on life's playing board". But afterwards things change dramatically...

Changing from "What to Do?" to "How to Be?"

Before the shift, we're mentally deciding what job to do, where to live, how to act within our relationships - all choices of what to "do" - the mind is simply so accustomed to forming goals, agendas, false dreams, illusionary needs and aspirations. We approach practically every circumstance and engagement with other people with the mind in the mode... "how can I shape this to fit my agenda" (even if we feel our agenda is well intentioned).

Either that, or each engagement is controlled and restricted by our fears, need to control or sense of obligation and responsibility.

    In the shift around Gateway 2, quite a huge change is invited. In the face of being impelled to make snap, mind-led decisions, we're caused to let go, to expand into the opening inner space and instead, find an authentic way to be. If we can hold back the pre-conditioned programmed behaviours which want to automatically kick in, and we instead open a wider internal space, then there's the opportunity for the soul simply to arise. It will express through us, aligned with who we truly are.

The power of Authentic Creativity

Now here's the real key: true acts of creativity, of authentic 'decision making' - those aligned with the natural organising energy of the universe - are shaped by authentic beingness. It's an energy that infuses through us when we make space for it. This energy can shape simple synchronicities that put us in the right place at the right time for exactly the right exchange, or it can literally move mountains (and anything within that spectrum).

    But it is not easy to hold that open internal space in the beginning. The mind will want to rush in with its constant questioning of what to do next. It is a skill which is inherent to all of us, but one which we need to work at to rediscover.

    Essentially, it's all about surrendering absolutely to the moment and then aligning with what we simply know in our hearts wants to happen.

In the beginning, it's hard to know if we're coming from the soul or the ego. So often, the ego will be wrapped up in emotion which may cause us to think we're coming from true feelings (so often I hear people say "I'm feeling to do this" when actually they're still thinking what to do, but the conditioned emotions that arise express like feelings!).

Deep inner yearning

If we are really touching the place of the soul, then we'll touch a place of deep inner yearning, aligned with the absolute core of our being and most importantly, that will be confirmed by the objective hand of universal synchronicity supporting our actions. We'll notice more and more we seem to be aligned with a flow that has a sense of higher purpose: essentially one that reveals distorted behaviours in people and gives energy to their true gifts of beingness instead.

    What will greatly help, is to keep giving energy to those aspects in our lives that truly make our souls sing. By that I mean things that bring simple joy of living, when we feel 'in the groove' of life, where everything clicks into place or where we get that deep 'aha' feeling of rightness inside.

    And we need to take continual time in quietness and stillness, to let our internal chatter and metabolism settle so we can feel these authentic yearnings of the soul.

Then slowly but surely, the volume of the soul will be turned up. We'll follow it more and more until we realise that the only truly harmonious experiences in life - ones that are completely fulfilling - are those initiated by the soul. Then there's a complete letting go into the soul, an inner commitment to tune in and follow it - at whatever the apparent personal cost (to the ego).

The challenge of our lives

And we will be challenged on this. We will be tested quite strongly. My experience in working with people around the world, is that we're often faced with very challenging life circumstances when we transition Gateway 2. For instance, we may be invited to end a relationship which no longer serves (but perhaps where there's sense of obligation or responsibility still); or we may be called upon to give up a secure job or business; or to change locations to an entirely new place, leaving behind many relationship attachments.

Yes Gateway 2 can be very challenging indeed - perhaps the most challenging of all. Yet when we truly surrender into it, giving up all need to control our lives, the sense of liberation as we pass through the Gateway is truly amazing. It frequently brings people constantly to tears. The Realignment - aligning to what is really real - is a truly life-changing experience indeed!

It is for this reason we were given to develop our "Spiritual Compass", about learning to tune into the soul and follow it moment by moment. You can read about it here...Openhandway: the "Spiritual Compass".

And we also covered it extensively in our 5GATEWAYS movie. Watch the Gateway 2 section. Even if you've seen it before, people say it's a great refresher...

from my heart to yours

Open

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Js's picture

This is definitely challenging, I am still confused if I am awakened or not however I am not concerned with this and simply working on following the many tools of guidance Openhand has to raise my level of consciousness.

"But it is not easy to hold that open internal space in the beginning. The mind will want to rush in with its constant questioning of what to do next."

Exactly the problem, living from the soul is challenging....

Thank-you for all the guidance Smile

Open's picture

What is it Jetster that draws you to do spiritual work and study?
What inspired you initially?

Js's picture

I feel I was always interested in Spirituality but it always escaped me and I was not ready I guess to do the work to understand it more, last year I watched a Greg Braden Video and he is one of the many Scientists to put Spirituality under a microscope and prove it, this video got me hooked but then I got into the mainstream of it, changing your thoughts and not accepting the negative at all, creating bubbles to correct the moment, more of the mind led practices, then I fell upon your article about Removing entities and this fascinated me altho at first I did not really understand but I was pulled towards it and then began reading more and more on the 'Openhand' site and I resonate strongly with all your teachings and guidance. Not long after here is what happened to me.......As I was walking to work near a meadow of water I felt one with the meadow of flowing cool water I was walking beside and the birds chirping sounded in 3D in beautiful harmony with all, this was a very brief experience and I have never felt such a feeling again. On this day My Spiritual Journey began, or at least my awareness of My Spiritual Journey began. I Resonate with spirituality, I Resonate in what you teach and I have read your Divinicus Book 2 times and I can somehow feel a sense of authenticity and realness and this has transformed me and I am still transforming of course, what draws me? I just feel in my core this is the correct path for me and finally life has more sense.

Open's picture

Hi Jetster,

When you describe your journey above, and especially this...

    "As I was walking to work near a meadow of water I felt one with the meadow of flowing cool water I was walking beside and the birds chirping sounded in 3D in beautiful harmony with all, this was a very brief experience and I have never felt such a feeling again."

It leads me to believe that you are in a pre-Awakened state, but beginning to have breakthroughs into the fully Awakened state. When you experience what you describe in nature most of the time, that would strongly indicate an awakened state.

So without efforting, keep exploring. Not so much with the intellect though. That can tend to prolong the pre-Awakened state. It has to be more by exploring your own consciousness - your own feelings, on a day to day basis. The new version of 5GATEWAYS explains well breaking into the fully Awakened state.

Best wishes

Open Ok

Js's picture

I have been hearing about this Open but I just checked on your site under videos and shop and cannot see the New version? I have seen the 5 gateways video available on your site many times but is there a New version?? I am confused, and if there is this New version please let me know where and how to get it :).

I am a bit confused with how to explore my own consciousness, I may be doing this already but I feel I am doing more of the intellectual exploration as u say.

Fiona Reilly's picture

Hi Jetster,

It's really nice to read your sharing, thank you for sharing your vulnerability.

Re the Five Gateways, the new book and remastered dvd will be released at the beginning of September. I think that Open is referring you to the book above. It's got much more content than the last edition and no doubt will be of enormous benefit to many. I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on a copy.

I agree that living from the soul can be challenging, though it can also bring great joy and fulfilment and when you step on the path as you are doing there becomes no other way to live (for me at least) - how awesome and exciting Dance 4

You use the phrase 'explore your own consciousness" - great, I would say to watch your consciousness, become the observer of it. Rather than trying to intellectualise it, you could to be open and surrender to how you feel and what you notice in the moment. It also might be useful to engage in activities that really inspire you, what makes your heart sing - see this thread for inspiration https://www.openhandweb.org/what_stirs_your_soul

With blessings for your unfolding journey, Fiona

Cynthia Sham Rang's picture

Jetster, it would be really nice if you could make it to a 5 gateways workshop - either in Tampa in October or Victoria in November. Of course, there's always Glastonbury in December!! Open will be covering the gateways in a very comprehensive way.
Fiona - "watch your consciousness" - brilliant - something for all of us in those words!!

Js's picture

Thank-you for the kind words Fiona Smile actually i have been practicing awareness and being the observer, surrendering and letting go for about 4 months Smile altho in re-reading your definition i do feel i am intellectualizing too much maybe, i observe myself and try to understand why, which distortion i am living out in the present moment and then try to accept and surrender to it! all at once! lol, maybe i am biting off more than i can swallow Smile maybe i should just observe and surrender for now???? i am confused...lol....as for doing things that inspire me i do this (riding my Harley Smile ) but maybe need to do more Smile Thank-you again Fiona for taking some of your time to unravel my "eddy currents" as Open would say Smile

Cynthia Smile i would love to assist one of these workshops and i am looking for ways to attend, i need to fit this in financially, i do not know when but it will happen at some point Smile Who knows Cynthia maybe through my strong passion and feeling of being the right path that Openhand is i can create enough of a stir here in Ottawa to Bring Openhand here!! Smile importantly enough i do not force my ways or what i feel is right on anyone but many people have been fascinated about my personal changes and development since i have found Openhand, i let them know what is the base of all this transformation, of course being Openhand Smile

Fiona Reilly's picture

Hi jetster,

I really appreciate your comments, I've certainly benefitted from exploring them. In my opinion, it seems to be a case of finding the right balance between observing, surrendering and using the intellect and that will vary depending on the situation, our unique ways of processing and where we are on our journey. A certain amount of analysis must be helpful, otherwise we'd never catch our patterns and distortions and we would keep going around in circles. Yet too much examination and we get lost in the mind or drama of the situation. Fascinating... and certainly something worth exploring. It sounds like you're doing great Wink

An example happened with me last night. I was sleeping in my car for the first time and during the night began to feel fearful. I was able to catch the fearful thoughts as they arose and notice how I was feeling and reacting, soften into it and then contemplate what is the worst that could happen. It feels that I was observing, surrendering into the feeling and using the intellect to recognise how unfounded my fears were. In this situation i didn't feel the need to understand where the fears came from, just to work with them. It's not always straightforward, a continual learning Smile

Forgive any typos as sending from my phone.

Wish you fruitful exploring, love fiona

Js's picture

"In this situation i didn't feel the need to understand where the fears came from, just to work with them."

This phrase above you said is actually much help, it is simple but sometimes I get to involved and intense in working my way through and the phrase above makes me realise to relax...lol and thank-you for sharing your example also it helps a lot to see how you processed through one of your experiences. Your sharing has helped a lot Fioana Smile

Cynthia Sham Rang's picture

All the sharing that takes place in the various forums I have always found to be very helpful - and it's nice to see that gratitude expressed Jetster. This is one place where a person is totally free to express, a place where self-honesty is respected, honoured, and you can feel confident that words and events will be received without judgment - and often by the simple (albeit sometimes difficult) act of posting light is shed on an issue.
My gratitude to all who post, all who read, and all who respond.
Many thanks and much love....

Fiona Reilly's picture

Thanks Jetseter,

I'm glad you found the sharing and the example useful and of course it is just one example, there are many ways Smile I too am find this exchange very insightful - thank you!

I can identify with getting too involved and intense. When I get too intense with things, what helps me is softening into it. I was thinking about what I do when I get stuck in a process and it appears that softening is a key for me. When I soften (or release or let go...) I can still feel, intellectualize and explore, though from a more curious, relaxed place.

The other thing I find effective when I get stuck is to ask the Universe to "Show me" (thanks to Open for this gem). My answers usually land in the form of a knowing, though the answers may also come through signs and synchronicities in the outer world. Sometimes the answers don't come immediately and if nothing is arising, I find it useful to take a break for a while (especially a walk or time in nature), particularly if the processing has been intense. If it feels important, I hold it in the back of my awareness and revisit when the time is right or I am shown.

Recently I've had proof of the effectiveness of softening and "Show me" when I have lost things. I'm busily searching for whatever it is and then remember to stop, soften and ask to be shown, I then find whatever I'm looking for in the next place I search. I even immediately found my keys in my shoe - lol Mosking

Thank you dear Cynthia for your lovely comments, I'm certainly finding gifts in the explorations through this thread.

With love, Fiona

Cynthia Sham Rang's picture

Fiona, softening really does seem to be a huge 'key'! A friend of mine was reading some of Open's writing and she became quite indignant - "What the hell is this softening stuff? Don't tell me to soften, tell me how to do it!" All I could say is, for me, it's a movement from the head into the heart. Experiencing through heart, not thinking with head. Any other suggestions or wording around the process of softening would be greatly appreciated!

Cynthia Sham Rang's picture

I've just realized that I used 'into', and 'through' when referring to heart - the mind has us caught up with externals, judgments and fears - heart has us journey inward allowing us to meet the outer world from a safe and loving place, from within.

Js's picture

Fiona and Cynthia you have both made this discussion unbelievably informative and helpful :)I am re-reading your posts to integrate and see where I can add to my knowledge :)Thank-you both for your awesomeness! Smile

Js's picture

Re-reading and what you say here Fiona..

"The other thing I find effective when I get stuck is to ask the Universe to "Show me" (thanks to Open for this gem). My answers usually land in the form of a knowing, though the answers may also come through signs and synchronicities in the outer world. Sometimes the answers don't come immediately and if nothing is arising, I find it useful to take a break for a while (especially a walk or time in nature), particularly if the processing has been intense. If it feels important, I hold it in the back of my awareness and revisit when the time is right or I am shown."

A priceless share! thank-you, this resonates and will help me greatly! Smile

Cynthia what you say: "it's a movement from the head into the heart. Experiencing through heart, not thinking with head" this also adds to my tools.

I feel I know this but sometimes we need to hear it from another person in their words to have it click! I have been trying to express and explain this to my 19 year old daughter as we have discussions and OMG I was just not finding the words....Now I have them.....You guys...or should I say Gurls Wink Rock! Smile

Fiona Reilly's picture

Hi,

Cynthia I enjoyed the irony of your friends reaction. And I really like your realization, those words sound like a perfect description -

Heart has us journey inward allowing us to meet the outer world from a safe and loving place, from within"

I have found using phrases that are similar to softening, such as releasing, letting go, unwinding... etc useful in the past. Various words or phrases resonate with different people.

Though sometimes people (includes me) are not in a place to appreciate or grasp what is being offered at that time or they may only get it on one level or a seed may be planted and the realization happens later.

I'm so glad that things have clicked for you Jetster Smile

With love and rock and roll, Fiona